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Environment and Sustainability

News and Information about global warming, climate change and the environment.

May 22, 2015

Environment and Sustainability

Global warming and its increasing effects have shed light on the many global environmental issues. Our planet's fragile ecosystem is under attack on many fronts as a result of industrialization and our growing transportation infrastructure. Worldwide change is needed in order to avert catastrophe, the development of alternative energy sources is absolutely necessary. The articles listed below explore environmental issues.

The WaterNest: An Eco-Friendly Floating House

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Designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit. The 100 square meter residential units are made of up

France Passes Green Rooftop Law

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France keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have

How Recycled CO2 is Changing the Manufacturing Landscape

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Environmentalists have pushed greenhouse gases as being the leading cause of global warming. Carbon dioxide has been regarded as being the biggest contributor to the greenhouse effect. But what if

Google Biodome: New Headquarters to Blend with Environment

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Today Google announced their exciting proposal to redevelop four sites in Mountain View, California. Designed by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio, the new headquarters will

The Benefits of Solar Power (Infographic)

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Home Inspector Bill Barber recently created an excellent infographic that details how solar panels can power homes and help the environment at the same time. According to the infographic,

Oriental Hornet: Expert Solar Power Harvester

Oriental Hornet: Expert Solar Power Harvester

Do you know who is the most competent solar power expert, according to a research team from Tel Aviv University? It is the humble common Oriental hornet found

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Greenest Destination in New York City

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Greenest Destination in New York City

New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting even greener with the addition of a solar powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station – the first of its kind in

Pepsi’s New Green PET Bottle

Pepsi’s New Green PET Bottle

PepsiCo is one of the leading food and beverage businesses in the world. Since 2010, it has been focusing on protecting the earth’s natural energy resources with competent use

South Saigon Yacht Park: Modern and Green Clean Living

South Saigon Yacht Park: Modern and Green Clean Living

Vietnam is setting an example in setting up a stunning green center with the ongoing project called South Saigon Yacht Park. Right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh

The Empire State Building: Brighter & Greener

The Empire State Building: Brighter & Greener

Yes, as of 2011, The Empire State Building, one of the world’s largest buildings has achieved the distinction of becoming the largest buyer of green renewable wind power. The

Flat Tower: Innovative Architectural Solution

Flat Tower: Innovative Architectural Solution

High-rise buildings and skyscrapers have been the most favored architectural solutions for highly populated cities. It is a commendable idea for combining height – growing more vertically – and

Will Robots Clean Up Future Oil Spills?

Will Robots Clean Up Future Oil Spills?

Cleaning oil spills can be costly business. If eco-friendly robots can take over and clean all the mess it will be good for marine life and humans too. MIT

Silver State Dishing Out Golden Geothermal Power

Silver State Dishing Out Golden Geothermal Power

Nevada is poised to lead in producing energy from geothermal heat sources in the entire US. Presently playing second fiddle to California, the day is not far off when

USPS Goes Green

USPS Goes Green

In strict adherence to guidelines released by the Department of Energy, the United States Postal Service gets on a fast track to reach the goal for energy reduction. Green

Synthetic Fuel from CO2 and Solar Energy?

Synthetic Fuel from CO2 and Solar Energy?

Really amazing are the innovative ways solar power is put into use. Now a team of scientists working in Sandia National Laboratories is focusing on exploring basic steps to

Solar Panels – Are They a Threat to Biodiversity?

Solar Panels – Are They a Threat to Biodiversity?

Solar panels are gaining more recognition as key ingredients to produce eco-friendly and renewable source of energy. With growing need for more energy, there will be in future,

Coal Emissions from U.S. Could Stop in 20 Years

Coal Emissions from U.S. Could Stop in 20 Years

Pushker Kharecha and his colleagues believe that we should follow some practical methods to do away with coal and conventional fossil fuel emissions. We all know that use of

Carbon-based Solar Cells

Carbon-based Solar Cells

Solar panels need silicon for absorption of light. Silicon doesn’t come cheap.This cost-factor is preventing people from using solar energy on a large scale. Scientists utilize another substance i.e.

Abu Dhabi To Build First Full Eco-City

Abu Dhabi To Build First Full Eco-City

When we talk about the Middle East Asia, we imagine harsh terrain, blazing sun and sand dunes. Abu Dhabi is a part of the United Arab Emirates. Its currently

Car Fuel from Carbon Dioxide?

Car Fuel from Carbon Dioxide?

If a car is running smoothly on the road and its consuming carbon dioxide from air as fuel instead of petrol, what a dream world that would be. Researchers

New Design Strategy for the Artificial Leaf

New Design Strategy for the Artificial Leaf

Scientists are quite optimistic that hydrogen will emerge as the fuel of the future and the world would be driven by ‘hydrogen economy’. The only byproduct of hydrogen fuel

Biofuels and Carbon Capture from Frog Foam?

Biofuels and Carbon Capture from Frog Foam?

Since time immemorial human beings are trying to use solar energy for their survival and day to day use. We know that green plants create their own food and

Scientists use Visible Light to Break Down Carbon Dioxide

Scientists use Visible Light to Break Down Carbon Dioxide

We all are familiar with the effects of carbon dioxide on our environment. Carbon dioxide is responsible for causing the greenhouse effect. If scientists can breakdown this gas into

Climate-Friendly Childcare Center in Denmark

Climate-Friendly Childcare Center in Denmark

These days the world is looking at Copenhagen Summit, its agenda and how much carbon footprint it is generating. At the same time the most climate-friendly childcare center in

Computer Modeling the Effects of Alternative Fuels

Computer Modeling the Effects of Alternative Fuels

Stephens-Romero is a UC Irvine doctoral candidate in the Advanced Power & Energy Program. His 2060 analysis was published online recently in Environmental Science & Technology. Stephens-Romero is painting

Green Heating and Cooling Technology from Carbon

Green Heating and Cooling Technology from Carbon

Carbon is a substance environmentalists love to hate. It is the major ingredient of environmental damage. Scientists and environmentalists are working hard to decrease the amount of carbon emission

German Smart Grid Leads the Way in Conservation

German Smart Grid Leads the Way in Conservation

There is an obvious push on not only using less energy, but in finding other forms of energy that will allow the world to recover from the years of

Harvesting Ambient Energy from Nature

Harvesting Ambient Energy from Nature

We all know that energy can neither be created nor be destroyed but can only be transformed into one form to another. Duke University engineers are trying to utilize

Sustainable Eco City Concept in Germany

Sustainable Eco City Concept in Germany

It seems the canvass of clean and green energy is getting bigger with each passing day. More and more products, vehicles, gadgets, homes and cities are being added to

Studying Sea Waves with Radar

Studying Sea Waves with Radar

Off shore wind is steady and blows harder. If a country is densely populated it is hard to find open space to install wind farms. That is why there